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Pastor Glenn Packiam serves as the lead teacher for new life DOWNTOWN, bringing a thoughtful, Christ-centered, and historically layered perspective to the text each week.
Given, Pt. 1: "For the Church" - Glenn Packiam
Sunday Jul 20, 2014 - 10:00 AM
We long for meaning in our lives, yet we insist on a guarded existence. The result is that we only give ourselves to things within our reach. But the Kingdom awakens us to a greater Story and invites us to surrender our lives to Jesus. As Pastor Glenn Packiam shares New Life Downtown's story and identity through the Eucharistic words, "blessed, broken, given", he calls us to take responsibility for the people Jesus is welcoming into our church.
God At Work, Pt. 4: "The Toil and Joy of Work" - Glenn Packiam
Sunday Jul 13, 2014 - 10:00 AM
Why do we so often hate our jobs and what can we do about it? Pastor Glenn explains how, because of the Fall, our work now involves 'toil' and is tainted by motivations of shame and fame. Yet the joy we do find in our work is a clue that the world will not always be this way. Moreover, when we move from working in the realm of self to working 'in the Lord', we can take heart that it will never ultimately be in vain.
Pastor Glenn Packiam takes us back to Genesis to help us see work as a pre-Fall call, a way we bear the image of God. In fact, work is collaborating with God to cultivate His world. While this call originated in Eden, it can be lived out anywhere-- even in Babylon-- because God is at work in us.
So much of our angst towards work is a failure to see our most important role within the workplace as "image-bearers" of God. Whether our work context takes us into the corporate world or keeps us close to home, God has given us the privilege of showing others what he is like. Sure earning money and striving for excellence in our professions have their place but we can't lose sight of JOB 1; helping others discover what God is like.
God at Work, Pt. 1: "Work Rediscovered" - Brad Baker
Sunday Jun 22, 2014 - 10:00 AM
Surveys reveal that 80% of us are dissatisfied with our job. It's fair to say that we've lost some, if not all, of what God intended when he created us to work. Work is often just a means to an end and all joy and sense of meaning is gone from the 9-5 of our days. Pastor Brad Baker argues that God longs to restore the joy, satisfaction and sense of sacredness that he infused into work; into us! This 4 part series offers a fresh look our vocation and occupation.
Church in the City, Pt. 15: "Can this Family Flourish?" - Brad Baker
Sunday Jun 15, 2014 - 10:00 AM
As Christ followers we rest assured that it is Christ and Christ alone who builds and sustains us. We are HIS people; the Church only through his great love, power and glory. However, he invites us to participate with him in becoming what he declares that we already are. But what exactly is our role? Some of us have wrongfully concluded that are job is simply to be present and observe. In this final installment of our series on the first book of Corinthians Pastor Brad Baker wrestles with the question of our role in helping our spiritual family flourish. Brad argues that Christ invites us to offer him our minds, our hearts and our hands in the great endeavor of strengthening his beloved people.
Church in the City, Pt. 14: "What the Resurrection Means for Our Faith and Our Future" - Glenn Packiam
Sunday Jun 8, 2014 - 10:00 AM
As we explore 1 Corinthians 15, we discover that Paul began his letter with the preaching of Christ crucified and closes his letter with the proclamation that Christ has been raised from the dead. Pastor Glenn Packiam shows what the resurrection means for our faith and for our future. Free from the Enlightenment burden of 'proving' our faith, we can meet our doubts not with certainty but with humility, and believe 'that which we have received' from the witness of the saints and apostles. And we can be free from the pressure of securing our own future, relieving our fears not by mere 'optimism' but by the grounded hope of resurrection.
Church in the City, Pt. 13: "Love, Actually" - Glenn Packiam
Sunday Jun 1, 2014 - 10:00 AM
In a day when love is often confused with tolerance or sentimentality, we need 1 Corinthians 13 to show us what the Jesus-kind-of love looks like. Pastor Glenn Packiam casts a fresh light on the text to show how love orients us to the future that God is bringing and transforms our human relationships. We no longer love because the other is lovely or will love us in return; we love because Christ has loved us.
Church in the City, Pt. 12: "When the Spirit is at Work" - Glenn Packiam
Sunday May 25, 2014 - 10:00 AM
Drawing from 1 Corinthians 12 and 14, Pastor Glenn Packiam explores what happens when the Spirit is at work in a congregation. Instead of categorizing Christians as "spiritual" vs "unspiritual", we focus instead on the Spirit who gives generously to believers for the good of the church and the glory of God. When we surrender to the Spirit's work, setting aside both fear and pride, the Lordship of Jesus is proclaimed in the world.
Church in the City, Pt. 11: "A Unity Found Only In Jesus" - Brad Baker
Sunday May 18, 2014 - 10:00 AM
To experience the unity we have in Jesus we must learn how to be counter-intuitive and counter-cultural. Simply put it doesn't come natural for us to reach across the potential barriers of race, age, social status and economics to connect with other fellow believers. The community of faith we call home is inevitably full of people not like us or even people we'd rather not be around. We'll learn from Paul's rebuke in I Corinthians 11 what it will take for us to work in concert with the Holy Spirit to foster unity and oneness among our spiritual family. Pastor Brad Baker will be our guide as we journey back to Corinth to see what we can then apply in our present day circumstances.
Church in the City, Pt. 10: "Standing in the Faithfulness of God" - Glenn Packiam
Sunday May 11, 2014 - 10:00 AM
How do we last? What will the story of our lives be after we are gone? In 1 Corinthians 10, Paul points to the church's spiritual fore-parents, Israel, as both an example and a warning. Pastor Glenn Packiam helps us see five possible layers or steps to falling away, beginning with wrong or disordered desires. Temptations, then, can be invitations to examine our soul and opportunities to witness the faithfulness of God. In the end, we stand not by human skill or will, but by the faithfulness of Jesus the Messiah and by the power of the Spirit of God who lives in us.
Church in the City, Pt. 9: "Running to Win" - Glenn Packiam
Sunday May 4, 2014 - 10:00 AM
What is the place of ambition in the Christian life? Pastor Glenn Packiam unpacks 1 Corinthians 9 to show that we are a "sent people", and that we have been sent to be "spent" for the glory of God and the good of others. The race we are invited into is a long obedience in the same direction, a steady life of faithfulness and service. Though we may fall, we will not fail, for we run as those who have already won-- for in Christ, we have.
Why do I still struggle with sin and weakness even though I am a believer? Can I really live the Christian life described in the Bible? Pastor Jeremiah Parks shows us how realizing the fullness of the reality of Christ's Resurrection utterly empowers us, not to be better people, but to be a new kind of people all together.
What do we do when all hope seems lost? Pastor Glenn Packiam helps us see that Lent gives way to Easter, sorrow is pierced by joy, night is broken by morning, death gets swallowed up by life. Because of Easter, sin-- no matter how dire-- is not the end. Because of Easter, death-- the great threatening bully-- is not the end. Because of Easter, even heaven is not the end. One day, the Creator-God will renew His whole world, bringing "Easter" to the cosmos. But the best part of all of this is that it can begin now! When we let go of our self-reliance-- whether it looks like rebellion or religion-- and surrender to Christ, He breathes the Spirit into us and we receive resurrection life; we become a new creation, even now.
In this final week of the series, Pastor Glenn helps us explore the feeling of being forsaken by God. From the rich tradition of lament in the psalms, we discover that protest can be a proof of faith. When we take our complaint to God, we affirm both his sovereignty and his love. But the psalms-even Psalm 22-comes to its completion in Christ. In Jesus-from His birth to His death to His resurrection-we see the faithfulness of God. In the end, we can trust that the forsakenness we feel is not truer than the faithfulness revealed in Christ.
In a culture obsessed with success and strength, it can be hard to know what to do with failure. Failure, when it happens, is an experience of loss, a loss of status and sometimes even a loss of meaning. Failure can be disorienting, the feeling of life 'going off script.' And yet, we have a Savior who was considered a failure by his culture and his friends. More than that, Jesus carried our deepest failure-our failure to love God with our whole heart and our neighbor as ourselves. Pastor Glenn Packiam helps us to see that because of Jesus, our failure is never final. We are the beloved of God.
Beyond the loneliness that can come from new situations or locations, many of us have felt a profound sense of loneliness or dislocation--wondering where we fit and if we belong. Once again, we are reminded to give voice to this ache in prayer. This week, Pastor Glenn Packiam helps us see that Jesus does more than weep and pray and suffer *with* us and *as* us; he does all this *for* us. This means that because Jesus took on the ultimate loneliness, we are never truly alone. (This sermon includes a portion for the children as part of our "Family Sunday" practice.)
Lament, Week 3: "Anguish and Anxiety" - Glenn Packiam
Sunday Mar 23, 2014 - 10:00 AM
What do when we do when life presses in on us? Why does it feel like God doesn't answer our prayers? Pastor Glenn Packiam helps us to see that petition and protest are proof of the relationship, signs of trust in God. Jesus, the True Human One, shows us the range of human emotions- including anguish and anxiety in the garden of Gethsemane- that can be brought before the Father in prayer and trust. What we discover is that because Jesus went into the depths of anguish and beyond, He is with us in the valley. And because the Father did not abandon Jesus in grave, we can trust that darkness and death will not triumph in the end.
Sadness is a normal and healthy response to losses of all kind. Yet, we struggle to express our grief, and want to make it simply go away. Drawing from Scripture, sociology, and stories of walking with friends dealing with loss, Pastor Glenn Packiam helps us give voice to our grief and to recognize Jesus weeping with us. In this participatory sermon that includes reflection, psalm-praying, and sing, we begin to see that because Jesus carried our griefs, sorrow will not have the last word.
Jesus experienced a great deal of suffering as he obediently carried out the Father's will and stepped into the brokenness of creation to transform humanity from the inside out. What do the suffering's of Jesus teach us about our own pain in the Father's plan for us as son's and daughters? Pastor Jeremiah draws richly from the Scripture and from his own journey of pain to help us see that nothing is ever wasted in the Father's Kingdom!
"Repentance, Rest, and the Rhythms of Grace" - Glenn Packiam
Sunday Mar 2, 2014 - 10:00 AM
We often hear that the church is 'behind the times', but this belies a particular view of progress: that what is now is superior to what was then. Pastor Glenn Packiam examines this claim while sharing his personal journey toward Anglican ordination. We then turn to the words of Jesus, calling us away from our own way and to Himself, the source of true rest. It is from the place of rest- trust in Christ's finished work and in the Spirit's ongoing work? that we can embrace spiritual practices that help us to 'keep company' with Jesus.
Church in the City, Pt. 8: "We Belong to One Another" - Glenn Packiam
Sunday Feb 23, 2014 - 10:00 AM
How should we think about alcohol or marijuana or other complex issues? The Bible isn't a rulebook or answer manual; but when we stand under it and let the Spirit draw us into the text, we often find that our questions are reframed. Teaching from 1 Corinthians 8, Pastor Glenn Packiam shows how Paul urges us to consider how our actions will affect others. This means paying attention not only to our own motives but to the stories of the people around us. It is Jesus who inextricably connects love for God with love for neighbor. And it is because of Jesus, not because of our correct-ness or our "freedom", that we are "known" by God.
Church in the City, Pt. 7: "Sex, Marriage and the Single Life" - Glenn Packiam
Sunday Feb 16, 2014 - 10:00 AM
Working from the foundation of the "theology of the body" established in 1 Corinthians 6, chapter 7 helps us to see sex as powerful, marriage as beautiful, and singleness as purposeful. While graciously dealing with questions of premarital sex, divorce, and same-sex attractions, Pastor Glenn Packiam helps us recognize the good gifts that marriage and singleness are. We discover that we need not try to undo the past or postpone obedience to the future. We can trust that God is with us now and that we can serve Him in every season.
Church in the City, Pt. 6: "Bodies Matter" - Glenn Packiam
Sunday Feb 9, 2014 - 10:00 AM
Much is made of the fact that Christians have a different sexual ethic, but few understand that this ethic is rooted in a radically different view of the body. Unpacking 1 Corinthians 6, Pastor Glenn Packiam asks, "How are we to live in our bodies? What is the body for? Whose body is it?" We discover that our bodies were made for glory and for intimacy; that, in Christ, our bodies have been reclaimed and redeemed; and that by the Spirit's power we can glorify God in our bodies.
Church in the City, Pt. 5: "A Time To Judge" - Glenn Packiam
Sunday Feb 2, 2014 - 10:00 AM
In trying to avoid the harsh judgmental attitude Christians have sometimes been known for, we can over-correct to a version of love that is reluctant to deal with sin. Pastor Glenn Packiam explores an unpopular passage, helping us to see whom, how, and why we are to judge. With God, judgment is not merely punitive; it is restorative; it isn't about paying a person back but turning them back. The goal is to break our self-reliance--which can look like rebellion or religion--and turn us again to Christ. Because of Jesus, the no earthly judgment need be the last word.
Church in the City, Pt. 4: "We are Weak" - Glenn Packiam
Sunday Jan 26, 2014 - 10:00 AM
Is Christianity the religion of the weak or of the strong? The young church in Corinth seemed to think faith in Christ meant always being at the top of pile, reigning like kings; they had moved beyond the Gospel to a kind of spirituality that worked with their love of success and status. Paul wants them to know that the 'self-made person' and the 'spiritual triumphalist' are both lies, facades for their true god: self. Pastor Glenn Packiam shows the futility of both lines of thought, calling us to cling to Christ alone, whether we are strong or weak, rich or poor, wise or foolish. In the end, it is when we confess our weakness that we find the strength of God?s love.
Church in the City, Pt. 3: "It's Better Than That" - Glenn Packiam
Sunday Jan 19, 2014 - 10:00 AM
Beneath the surface of our many interactions and associations, questions persist: "Who am I connected to? What am I part of? Do I matter?" We often think that the Gospel's response to these questions is to silence them, to slap us on the wrist for caring about these things. Pastor Glenn Packiam shows us that Paul wants the young Corinthian church, eager for status and significance, to realize that it is their connection to Christ that matters above all. Leaders are just laborers; Jesus is the foundation. Moreover, the Church is the place where God himself dwells. For all these reasons and more, we realize that the life we are being offered is really better than anything we could earn or create on our own.
Church in the City, Pt. 2: "Having the Mind of Christ" - Daniel Grothe
Sunday Jan 12, 2014 - 10:00 AM
Pastor Daniel Grothe continues our series on 1 Corinthians with a look at chapter two. He highlights Paul's 're'definition to the Corinthians of what it is to have the mind of Christ, and encourages us with weakness and humility according to God.
Church in the City, Pt. 1: "The Scandal and Folly of the Cross" - Glenn Packiam
Sunday Jan 5, 2014 - 10:00 AM
How are we to live as the people of God in a wicked and immoral world? As bad as our world is, we have every reason to think that Corinth was far worse. Yet Paul does not rail against "culture at large", but instead instructs the church on how to embody a different way. But this Way-the Way of Christ-is one that seems like foolishness at best, and scandalous at worst. And yet, the so-called folly and scandal of 'Christ crucified' is such good news for us. Find out why as Pastor Glenn Packiam kicks off this new series through 1 Corinthians.
The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob - Steven Todd
Sunday Dec 29, 2013 - 10:00 AM
The name by which Israel most commonly referred to Yahweh, The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, links three generations grandfather, father, and son, all with very different faith journeys and all with extraordinary challenges and 'dysfunctions' in their lives. Dr. Steven Todd gives a biblically-rooted and experientially-tested exploration of what it means to be an inter-generational church. As we embrace this kind of community, we find that God is known to each generation and through each generation to the other.
We want to love well, but many of us have been deeply hurt, making it hard for us to open ourselves to love at all. Even hearing that "God so loved the world..." can be hard because we cannot imagine a love like this. The trick is that we cannot receive love unless we are vulnerable, but we cannot be vulnerable unless we know we are loved. What are we to do? Who takes the risk of love and becomes vulnerable first? Jesus did. Pastor Glenn powerfully reminds us that we are not loved because Christ came; rather, Christ came because we are loved. And because Jesus became vulnerable, as a baby who would grow up to be rejected and crucified on a cross, we can now become rooted in love. We can live from Love and no longer for it.
Advent, Week 3: "Surprised By Joy" - Glenn Packiam
Sunday Dec 15, 2013 - 10:00 AM
Is it possible to have joy in our world of sorrow? We often feel like our only choices are to fake it, to manufacture it, or to become cynical about joy. As Pastor Glenn Packiam unpacks the promised hope in Isaiah, we begin to see that joy is a gift, a startling surprise to our dead end. In Jesus the Messiah, God announces to the world that it is not over, all is not lost; joy is breaking through like green shoots out of a dead stump. As we turn our face toward Christ, the source of Joy, instead of making idols out of the things that joy comes through, we begin to believe that Joy indeed is coming.
The angels announced "Peace on earth" at Jesus' birth, but when we're surrounded by violence, broken relationships, and anxiety, it's hard to know how peace is really here. Pastor Glenn Packiam contrasts Caesar's peace-- the Pax Romana-- and they way he brought it through external force with the peace that Jesus brings. Peace is not the absence of trouble but confidence within it that we are being held together by God. Best of all this peace comes to even the lowliest ones-- the shepherds. We find peace as we see how we are favored in God's eyes.
We don't like to wait. Yet there are times in life when we are forced to wait. But what do we do when we feel like God has forgotten us? We need a way to mark time that reminds us of our hope. Pastor Glenn Packiam explains that this is the heart behind the Christian Calendar-- to mark time around the life of Christ. For Christians, our hope in the present and our hope for the future is God-with-us. Discover how this keeps us from despair, from trying to take matters into our own hands, and from trying to earn our way with God.
In this final week of the series, Pastor Glenn Packiam helps us see that this journey has been leading all along to a Table. So many of us are exhausted because we've been taking in what does not satisfy & cannot sustain. But at the Table, Jesus offers us Himself. It is here that we give thanks for the grace of our rescue, of the coming restoration of all things, and of the real presence of Christ with us. Discover the mystery and the gift that is offered to us in the Eucharist.
Most of us live in tension. On the one hand, we like the idea of others
believing we've got life figured out. While at the same time we long for
authentic and transparent relationships where we don't have to hide.
Pastor Brad Baker shares the centrality of personal and corporate
confession in the life of believers. He answers the question, "How does
living in a rhythm of confession help form us into the people of God?".
Listen and be challenged to live genuinely before God and others.
Sacred, Pt. 3: "The Holy Scriptures" - Glenn Packiam
Sunday Nov 10, 2013 - 10:00 AM
We all know we should read the Bible, but, if we're honest, it can be difficult to make sense of it. Pastor Glenn Packiam describes five common ways to misread the Bible, and then invites us to discover instead the Great Drama of the Scriptures in five 'acts.' The call to write our own story is exposed as a sham as we see the beauty of being drawn into God's Story-- a Story of God putting His good but broken world back together again.
Sacred, Pt. 2: Baptized Into Christ - Glenn Packiam
Sunday Nov 3, 2013 - 10:00 AM
This series is about discovering a faith that is larger than ourselves, a faith that we participate in but do not posses. The Spirit works through sacred practices that keep us tethered to our Story and our Identity as the People of God. As Pastor Glenn Packiam teaches on water baptism, he reminds us that baptism means a new identity and a new family. Discover what it means to take your baptism seriously, to believe your new identity in Christ and to embrace your new family of brothers and sisters in Christ, letting our baptism trump all other markers of identity and community.
Sacred, Pt. 1: Veni Sancte Spiritus - Glenn Packiam
Sunday Oct 27, 2013 - 10:00 AM
In wrestling with the prospect of losing our faith, we are sometimes given the mercy of realizing that the faith isn't ours to lose; it is the Church's, and though we participate in it, we do not possess it. There are practices that have been handed down to us to keep us tethered to the Great Story of God's redemption in Christ. In this first week of the series on these practices, Pastor Glenn Packiam talks about the Holy Spirit, the One who works through these practices to carry on the mission of Christ, to form us as the Body of Christ, and to empower our witness of Christ. May we let go of control, banish the lie that we are alone, and pray from deep within, "Come, Holy Spirit."
These Four Walls, Pt. 4: How to Honor Our Elders and Raise Godly Children - Glenn Packiam
Sunday Oct 20, 2013 - 10:00 AM
In this final sermon of our series on relationships in the household of faith, Pastor Glenn Packiam discusses what it means to honor our elders and learn from the accumulated wisdom of our community. In the second half of the sermon, he interviews Clay and Sally Clarkson-- trusted teachers on family ministry who have taught and inspired the Packiams in their parenting-- on how to nurture and disciple your children. In the end, the foundation of right relationships with our elders and our children is the Gospel itself.
These Four Walls, Pt. 3: How to Have a Good Marriage - Glenn Packiam
Sunday Oct 13, 2013 - 10:00 AM
Don't be fooled by these easy-sounding titles; they are meant to be taken in a "tongue-in-cheek" sort of way. After all, as Pastor Glenn Packiam points out this week, the Bible's ideals about marriage are held in tension with its narratives of strained and broken marriages. The beautiful truth is that God meets us where we are, bring beauty out of our brokenness. We explore what it means to say that marriage is about becoming one, forgiving one another, and allowing Jesus to be the center. The whole sermon is brought to a powerful conclusion with a remarkable testimony of restoration-in-progress from a young couple in our congregation. What we find in the end is not a rosy picture of marriage, but a hopeful one because of the grace of God.
These Four Walls, Pt. 2: How To Find a Good Spouse - Glenn Packiam
Sunday Oct 6, 2013 - 10:00 AM
Pastor Glenn Packiam continues the series about all the relationships that matter most with a sermon on finding a good spouse. Drawing from the Old Testament Wisdom Literature tradition and the idealized stories of finding a spouse at the water well, Glenn helps us understand what it means to trust the Lord, take a step, and eventually make the leap of commitment. Yet, things aren't that simple. What if we are far from an ideal "find"? What if life has left us disappointed and rejected, feeling used up and unloved? We long to be known and loved. Yet too often, the more we are known, the less we are loved. Jesus meets a woman like this at a water well. But with Jesus, we can be fully known and fully loved.
These Four Walls, Pt. 1: How to Have Good Friends - Glenn Packiam
Sunday Sep 29, 2013 - 10:00 AM
In this series about all the relationships that matter most, Pastor Glenn Packiam begins with a sermon on friendship. Drawing from the Old Testament Wisdom Literature tradition, Glenn shows how the ideal of good friendships is often in tension with the reality of our experience with friends letting us down. What does Jesus -- God's Wisdom personified!-- show us about friendship? How might we learn from Jesus and begin to treat our friendships "eucharistically"?
Perception of Critic, Exposure, and Love - Brad Baker
Sunday Sep 22, 2013 - 10:00 AM
Brad Baker brings us a word dealing with our perception of critic, exposure, and love. The reality is that when God exposes things within our hearts and lives, even though it can be difficult and painful to look at, it is truly God's love at work. When we walk in concert with His exposure, we open ourselves to His life and His healing.
How do we know who the true teachers and true disciples are? Jesus says that the mark of a true disciple is not the miracles he performs, but the obedience he lives. In this second to last week of the series, Pastor Glenn Packiam helps us see how true faith produces good fruit? Obedience to the Father. But this fruit is not the result of merely trying harder; it is the overflow of a life hidden with Christ.
Arriving, Pt. 15: "The Narrow Road" - Glenn Packiam
Sunday Sep 1, 2013 - 10:00 AM
[NOTE: Due to technical issues, the podcast starts about 10-minutes in, with Pastor Glenn Packiam interviewing an artist about Makoto Fujimura's "Golden Sea".]
We live in a day where "freedom" is interpreted as "life without restraints." Yet, in light of God's arriving Kingdom, Jesus calls us to follow Him along a narrow road. Far from being a description of a popular hell and a sparse heaven, the wide and narrow roads contrast a life of ease with a life of difficulty. Drawing on illustrations from art, music, and marriage, Pastor Glenn helps us see that accepting the necessary constraints for the sake of a desired outcome is something we find many areas of life. What Jesus invites us into is much more than a life of constraints, however; he bids us, "Come and die." But this "death" is itself the beginning of abundant life; it is the "wonderful exchange", where we trade our nothing-ness for His everything.
When we face someone dealing with doubt, our first response is often defend the rationality of Christianity. While there is a place for apologetics, too often we reach for these attempts at certainty because we are uncomfortable with mystery. But to believe is the ultimate humility. It refuses to allow us to stand over and above religion, but under and within it. Following Jesus is foolishness, but it is a beautiful foolishness, a mystery that we have received through the centuries and embrace now. The ritual of water baptism is a picture of this beautiful foolishness. In baptism we identify with Christ, show a visible sign of His invisible grace that has made us new, join the family of God, and make a public declaration of our personal faith.
Arriving, Pt. 14: "Ask! Seek! Knock!" - Glenn Packiam
Sunday Aug 18, 2013 - 10:00 AM
What keeps us from bringing our requests to God? Is it the pain of disappointment or the agony of silence? To a people who lived with deferred hopes and dashed hopes, Jesus came announcing the Kingdom and inviting them to ask and seek and knock. Pastor Glenn Packiam helps us see that is because we trust the goodness of our Father in heaven that we turn to Him with our needs. Yet, even Jesus asked for something He did not receive- and yet, He trusted the Father's goodness enough to say, "Nevertheless not my will but yours be done."
Arriving, Pt. 13: "Don't Judge Me!" - Glenn Packiam
Sunday Aug 11, 2013 - 10:00 AM
In a culture that resists critique and evaluation, we tend to think that Jesus warned against judging others because no concrete judgment is possible; everything is subjective opinion. But Pastor Glenn Packiam helps us see that judgment, though possible, is simply not our place. By detailing what, who, and when we can't judge, we see the difference between judging, discerning, and evaluating. Yet there is a judge who knows all, is over all, and is just enough to judge. But this judge became the guilty one so that the verdict over us is stunningly gracious.
The origins of the "Kingdom of God" concepts so important to Jesus are rooted in the prophetic ministry of Old Testament prophets, especially Isaiah. In these prophetic passages, Pastor Matthew Ayers (Director of the Dream Centers of Colorado Springs) helps us discover that the ideas of salvation, righteousness/justice, peace, joy, God's presence, healing, and return from exile aren't simply New Testament concepts, but traditional Jewish ideas that are fulfilled in the person of Jesus Christ and the Kingdom that he ushers in. These marks of the Kingdom of God are also the very ideas that help us receive God's grace to confront worry and live in freedom.
Arriving, Pt. 11: "A Greater Treasure, A Better Master" - Glenn Packiam
Sunday Jul 28, 2013 - 10:00 AM
Possessions have a way of possessing us and deceiving us. Jesus' words about wealth in the Sermon on the Mount were addressed to both rich and poor because regardless of the amount of our possessions, we are all easily enticed and enslaved. Pastor Glenn Packiam helps us see the life of freedom and truth that Jesus invites us into by letting be Lord of all. When Jesus is our master, we are able to leverage material wealth for Kingdom gains and eternal rewards.
Arriving, Pt. 10: "Our Father and Our Family" - Glenn Packiam
Sunday Jul 21, 2013 - 10:00 AM
Where do we belong? Why does it feel like we are caught between two realities? Jesus' Sermon on the Mount is the inauguration of an arriving Kingdom, a Kingdom that has come but not yet come in fullness. In a similar way, we are an in-between people, a people who are not what we used to be, yet are not what we will be. The Lord's Prayer, with its phrases from Jewish Messianic and eschatological hopes, is the prayer of a "new Exodus", the prayer of a "wilderness people" who are no longer in Egypt but not yet in the Promise Land. Pastor Glenn Packiam unpacks how this prayer reminds us that we have a Father and a Family, showing us how we are beloved and where we belong.
Arriving, Pt: 9 Being Human Takes Practice - Glenn Packiam
Sunday Jul 14, 2013 - 10:00 AM
Virtue doesn't come naturally; it must be practiced. Like the great virtue teachers before Him, Jesus gives us a vision of the flourishing human life and practices that move us toward it. But unlike the teachers of virtue, Jesus diagnoses the problem as being far deeper than we imagined: the sinful human heart. As Pastor Glenn Packiam continues the series on the Sermon on the Mount, we see Jesus shift the focus from our heart to our habits, letting transformation arise not only from the outside in but from the inside out. Yet these practices-- of giving, praying, and fasting-- are not ways to improve ourselves or impress others. They are a way of allowing the grace of God to wash over us as the Spirit forms us for the glory of God.
In culture that says everything needs to be new and exciting, our boredom is often the result of our discomfort with the ordinary--or worse, our soul detoxing from an adrenaline addiction. Where is God in the ordinary places and moments of life? Pastor Glenn Packiam helps us see that the Lord is here, in 'this' place, that drab, ordinary, unspectacular place. God invites us to see ordinary places as holy spaces as we submit ourselves to the practice of gathering with the people of God at the Lord's Table.
Trust is the currency of relationships; it's what makes community 'work.' But to be trustworthy people, we must be truthful people. Pastor Glenn examines Jesus' call to be the kind of people whose word is so trustworthy that promises are unnecessary. Yet this kind of truthfulness begins with truthfulness before God-- a truthfulness that confess our sin and our propensity to manipulate and exaggerate with our words. Confession opens the way for us to hear God's yes to us: a 'yes' given in Christ, a 'yes' that is always 'yes.'
In this special sermon following the Black Forest fires that resulted in the tragic loss of two lives and almost 500 homes in Colorado Springs, Pastor Glenn Packiam reminds us that when we don't know what to say or how to pray, the Psalms give us language. From Psalm 42, we learn what it means to lament, to remember, and to hope. Our hope is never for a particular outcome nor in a particular thing; our hope is always in Christ alone - the God who joins us in the storm and works from within the world to renew it.
What is it that makes lust destructive? It's the way it distorts our desires. Christ calls us not to eliminate our desires nor to simply postpone them until marriage, but to let the Love of God reshape them and realign them. Continuing in the Sermon on the Mount, Pastor Glenn Packiam calls us to go beyond managing our behavior and to identify the wound of loneliness or rejection that leads us to misuse others. When our longings get set upon Christ and we are satisfied with the richness of His love, our other longings for relationship and intimacy get set in their proper place and become the gifts they were designed to be.
Murder may seem like a distant idea or a social ill. But Jesus makes us look beyond "certain people" or "certain weapons" into the human heart, to the anger and hatred that make murder possible. What makes anger dangerous? Pastor Glenn Packiam helps us see how anger creates distance between us and the "Other", cultivates disdain, and culminates in destruction. None us want this cycle of violence and vengeance or to be on the path toward judgment and destruction. Yet out of fear and a desire to control, anger rises up repeatedly in us. Yet Jesus comes to us saying, "Fear not! You are not in control, but you are deeply loved by the God who is."
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus says he didn't come to abolish the "law and the prophets," but to fulfill them. But what does that fulfillment look like? How are we supposed to understand the Old Testament and how Jesus is a continuation of Israel's story? And why does it matter to our own stories and the story of our church? Guest speaker Dr. Patton Dodd examines the implications of Jesus' words for how we understand two distinct but related Bible stories--the Tower of Babel in the Old Testament, and the fall of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost in the New Testament
What does it mean to be salt and light in this world? As the series on the Sermon on the Mount continues, Pastor Glenn Packiam explains how Jesus once again deals with our identity before addressing our behavior. Because He is salt and light, we--together as the people of God--have become a preserving presence and a visible witness in the world. We are challenged not to withdraw from the world but to work in it, cultivating the "soil" around us, fueled by the love of Christ, for the sake of the world and for the glory of God.
In this special Mother's Day message, Pastor Glenn Packiam "interviews" his wife, Holly about her journey as a mother. Through her vulnerability and wisdom, we find a reminder for all of us--in every season and stage of life--that we cannot live well and love well on our own. Glenn wraps up the talk by showing us how women reflect the image of God into our world, and by calling us again to the Fountain of Love-- our Triune God.
Who's got it made? Who's living the good life? Jesus turns our notion of success and "blessedness" on its head. The Beatitudes are a stunning reversal of fortunes made possible because of God's arriving Kingdom. Pastor Glenn Packiam helps us see that Jesus lived this kind of upside-down life, and it resulted in His death. Yet God vindicated Jesus by raising Him from the dead, showing that this kind of life wins out in the end. But is such a life possible? In Christ, our blessedness trumps our brokenness, making Christ's blessing the truer word, the final word, and the transforming word.
Our deepest hope is for the God who created the world to come & be King in it. The stunning announcement of the Gospels is that He has. Moreover, this King inaugurates His Kingdom by founding a new people. The Sermon on the Mount is our Magna Carta, our constitution. In the first installment if this series, Pastor Glenn Packiam helps us understand what the sermon is, and how it can only be understood in the light of Jesus' gracious, costly, and transforming call. To live as the community of the called, we must keep coming back to the One Who calls.
Having framed the conversation of who Church is by broadening our understanding of Jesus and salvation, Pastor Glenn Packiam explores what it means to say that the Church has been sent into the world to bear witness that Jesus is King. We find that the New Testament joins proclamation of the Gospel with demonstration of the Gospel, so that our announcement of Jesus' reign and our actions in Jesus' name form a unified witness. Toward the end of the sermon, Glenn explains one way New Life Church does this in our global missions effort through our partnership with Children's Hope Chest in Swaziland.
What comes to mind when you hear the word, "church"? This question strikes at our deep desire to belong, to know our place within the world. Yet, when our hopes are the highest, the hurt can be the deepest, and so for many, "church" conjures memories of hurt and pain. In order to deal well with the question of who 'Church' is, Pastor Glenn Packiam helps us to zoom out and ask who Jesus is and what is the salvation that He brings. Working through these questions, we pull the curtain back from many popular approaches to church and mission and begin the work of recovering the Kingdom-shape seen in the Book of Acts. Finally, Pastor Glenn walks us through the specify family values of New Life Church.
Lent is 6 Sundays long; Easter, however, is 7 Sundays. Why? Because the Feast outlasts the Fast. With God, joy and victory and generosity, not sorrow and suffering and stinginess, get the last word. In this shortened homily (because of a potluck!), Pastor Glenn Packiam explains how the Feast helps us to see what God is truly like, to learn how to be a Family, and to proclaim the Future that has already begun.
Conversations, Pt. 6: Jesus and the Disciples on the Emmaus Road - Glenn Packiam
Sunday Mar 31, 2013 - 10:00 AM
On Easter Sunday, we conclude the Conversations Series by looking at the story of Jesus and the disciples on the Emmaus Road. With downcast faces, dashed hopes, and dull hearts, they were walking away from the cross; yet Jesus drew near to them and joined them on their journey. Preaching the sermon in two segments, with a time of worship in between, Pastor Glenn Packiam calls us to see that Jesus joins us on our journey, becomes the Host at the Table, and opens our eyes to see with a new holy imagination, the resurrection life of God at work in the world.
Good Friday is one of the most important dates on the Christian Church's calendar. Join pastor Daniel Grothe for a church-wide candlelight service to remember the sacrifice, suffering and death of our Lord Jesus Christ, who bore sin and death in his body for the life of the world.
Conversations, Pt. 5: Jesus and the Criminal on the Cross. - Glenn Packiam
Sunday Mar 24, 2013 - 10:00 AM
On Palm Sunday, we turn our hearts to the God who has come to save. But the nagging question is, "Whom does He save?" Is it possible to have done too much or be too late? Pastor Glenn Packiam teaches from Luke 23 about Jesus' conversation with the criminal on the cross, a man who is literally on the outside--left outside the city to be killed--and nearly out of time. Yet the beauty of the Gospel is that because Jesus is with us in the place of the Skull, we can be with Him in the place of renewal, Paradise. Only with Jesus do we get out back together, re-membered.
Conversations, Pt. 4: Jesus and the Mad Man - Daniel Grothe
Sunday Mar 17, 2013 - 10:00 AM
Speaking from Luke 8, Pastor Daniel Grothe helps us to see a Jesus who asks our name and comes to us across a great chasm, restoring us and setting us right. Not only are we the ones restored, but we are invited into this story, calling others to this Jesus as well.
Conversations, Pt. 3: The Man by the Pool - Glenn Packiam
Sunday Mar 10, 2013 - 10:00 AM
What's it like to be stuck? Whether wrestling with a habitual sin or simply living with a sin nature, we are often reminded that without Christ we lack the desire and the ability to be different. Like the man laying by the pool, we need Jesus to see us and speak words of life to us, "creative" words that call us to get up, pick up our "mats" and walk. Pastor Glenn Packiam leads us to a spiritual reading of this text, helping us hear these words of Jesus and imagine what they may mean for us today.
Conversations, Pt. 2: Jesus and the Samaritan Woman - Glenn Packiam
Sunday Mar 3, 2013 - 10:00 AM
As we continue to "journey with Jesus to the cross" during Lent, we take a closer look at the Samaritan woman that Jesus stopped to talk with at the well. Glenn Packiam helps us see how Jesus restored her dignity, rescued her destiny, and re-centered her identity on Him. Jesus calls us to lay down our water jars - the things of the world that we look to for satisfaction - and the come to Him as the Fountain of Living Water.
Conversations, Pt. 1: Jesus and Levi - Glenn Packiam
Sunday Feb 24, 2013 - 10:00 AM
With whom do you eat and drink? Often, it's with people who are just like us. Meals-- table fellowship--had very special significance in the world of the Gospel-writers, which is what made Jesus's choice to eat and drink with "sinners" controversial. Yet part of following Jesus is learning to invite and include others in to a Great Banquet, at which Jesus is both the Host and the Feast. Teaching from Luke 5:27-32, Pastor Glenn challenges us to see that the only way we can truly begin to love "sinners" is not by being "irreligious" and throw the rules out or by making it another "religious duty." We must, instead, recognize that we are sinners too, and let God's grace begin to change us from the inside out.
There are two ways to live: as an orphan or as a slave, as a relativist or a moralist. Each way deeply affects the way we experience the two great themes in life - the pursuit of virtue and the pain of suffering. But Jesus offers us a different way. Because God has come to us, because Jesus has done for us what we could not do for ourselves, we don't have to live as orphans or slaves; we can be sons and daughters. Pastor Glenn calls us to see the generous grace of our Father as he explores these themes in Jesus's famous parable of the "Prodigal Son."
What makes marriage glorious? In a word, intimacy-- the joy of being fully known and fully loved. Yet, as Pastor Glenn Packiam explains, even when we learn to turn our desires into requests, there are times when our spouse will fail us. Sin is at work, bending us into selfishness, and pulling our relationship apart. Only in Christ do we truly begin to come together. When Jesus becomes our source and our center, we are able to take our requests to God, forgive one another, and give sacrificially to each other.
Friendship builds on commonness, exclusiveness, and multiplied joy and virtue. Yet all three can get distorted and relationships become ugly. The uncomfortable truth is that we do not truly have the friends we wish we could have, and we cannot be the kind of friend we wish we could be. Pastor Glenn Packiam shows how these unfulfilled longings point us to Christ, the true Friend who laid down His life for us even when we treated Him as our enemy. When we recognize Jesus as the source of Joy, the fountain of Divine Love flows through us, transforming our approach to friendship, freeing us to love whole-heartedly and forgive quickly.
GIFTED, Pt. 3: "The One Who Shares, The One Who Oversees, the One Who Shows Mercy" - Glenn Packiam
Sunday Jan 27, 2013 - 10:00 AM
In the third and final part of this series from Romans 12, we explore what it means to be the one who shares, with simplicity, generosity and intentionality; what it means to be the one who oversees, with commitment and concern for others; and what it means to be the one who shows mercy, with cheerfulness, wholeheartedness, and graciousness. Pastor Glenn also explains how we discover our gifts not by being self-consumed but by being changed by grace, seeing needs and stepping out in faith to serve others. After all, grace is the fountain, gifts are the overflow, and Jesus is the source.
Gifted, Pt. 2: Serving, Teaching, and Exhorting - Glenn Packiam
Sunday Jan 20, 2013 - 10:00 AM
Spiritual gifts are how God's grace come to a visible expression in us. But in week two of this series, Pastor Glenn reminds us that what God creates, He invites us to cultivate. Spiritual gifts, then, are not just to be discovered; they are to be developed. Continuing through Paul's list of spiritual gifts in Romans 12, we learn how serving, teaching, and exhorting reveal Jesus and express God's grace to others.
Gifted, Pt. 1: "Gifts, Grace, and the Community of God" - Glenn Packiam
Sunday Jan 13, 2013 - 10:00 AM
When we think of a person being "gifted", we either see it as a reason to exclude ourselves or as an opportunity to improve ourselves. But neither is close to what the Bible has to say about spiritual gifts. Pastor Glenn Packiam explains that because the church is a community formed by grace and gifted by God's grace, spiritual gifts are given to us as a way to express God's grace to others. First on the list in Romans 12:3-8 is prophecy, which is simply "Spirit-inspired speech that helps us reveal Jesus to others in a way that strengthens, encourages, and comforts them."
Spiritual practices, like prayer, are not about impressing God but inviting God to work in our lives. Yet, if we're honest, we struggle with prayer because we're not sure what to pray, or if God cares, or what prayer accomplishes. Pastor Glenn draws from Jesus' teaching on prayer to show us how prayer is a learned language, a personal encounter, and a powerful invitation for God to bring His saving and restoring rule to bear upon the brokenness of our lives and our world.
Acts, Pt. 30: "When Even the End is Not The End" - Glenn Packiam
Sunday Dec 30, 2012 - 10:00 AM
As we conclude our journey through the Book of Acts, Pastor Glenn recaps Luke's message that the Gospel cannot be stopped. Jesus- the Saving and Victorious King- invites us to join His Story, a Story that will make our world larger and us altogether different. As we do, we discover that with God even what we think is the end is not really the end. In Acts 28, Paul ends up in prison, not the ending we were expecting. But even there he preaches the Kingdom of God with boldness and without hindrance. Where are the dead ends in your life? What if you began to believe that even that is not the end? How would you live if you knew you couldn't die? What would you risk if you knew you couldn't lose? How would you love if you knew love would win?
Preaching from the Song of Simeon- the "Nunc Dimittis"--Pastor Glenn Packiam shows how Jesus is the great culmination of all our deepest hopes, the fulfillment of our truest longing. It turns out that what we need most is exactly what God has been preparing from the beginning, and what He has promised: salvation. Salvation is the coming back together of God's world, beginning with our hearts being set right with God. Can we have eyes to see what Simeon saw, to see the "salvation that God has prepared in the presence of all peoples"?
What is God like? Though we may know the right answer, we easily slip back into a tribal view of God as punitive and retributive. Like Adam and Eve hiding in the garden, we cower in fear. But God has always been, in His essence, Love. Preaching from the Magnifcat, Pastor Glenn Packiam shows that God makes His mercy arrive wave after wave, reaching its fullness in Christ.
In a world of anxiety and fear, is it really possible to "be of good cheer"? While we may be tempted to achieve a kind of "cheerfulness" but ignoring grief or numbing our anxiety, Pastor Glenn shows how Paul exhorts the sailors in Acts 27 to have faith in God, even when all hope is lost. It is when we come to end of ourselves, overwhelmed by the surging waves of Chaos and Evil that we find our God to be not only the Sovereign over the storm, but the Savior in the midst of it.
Peace to the Favored Ones (Advent, Week 2) - Glenn Packiam
Sunday Dec 9, 2012 - 10:00 AM
Pastor Glenn talks from the song of the angels in Luke 2, explaining that the peace God brings is not a generic peace, but a particular saving peace to the ones whom God favors--the unlikely and unworthy ones now favored because of Christ. It is peace with God and peace in a troubled world. As we remember the tragic shooting that happened at our church 5 years ago, we see the unshakable peace that God has given us and recognize the faithfulness of God to us when we least expected it. Moreover, this peace has been shown to us so that we can carry this peace to others in a tangible way.
Acts, Pt. 26: "Goads, High Horses, and an unavoidable Hope " - Gregg Hampton
Sunday Dec 2, 2012 - 10:00 AM
Pastor Gregg preaches on the shaping of our stories, based on Acts 26. Paul shared his testimony, for the third time, to a king whose family has been intertwined with the story of Jesus for generations.
Acts, Pt. 27: "The Secret of Being Content" - Glenn Packiam
Sunday Nov 25, 2012 - 10:00 AM
Contentment can feel like a moving target. How do we know when enough is enough? Yet until we are content in our hearts, we will struggle to live at peace with others. As we follow Paul's trial before Jewish and Roman authorities as it progresses this week in Acts 25, we take a closer look at how Paul was able to live at peace with others because he had learned the secret of being content. Pastor Glenn Packiam draws on two of Paul's letters written around this season of Paul's life- Romans and Philppians- to show how we can find our sufficiency in Christ and be content in every situation.
Acts, Pt. 26: "Faithful From the Beginning, Faithful In the End" - Glenn Packiam
Sunday Nov 11, 2012 - 10:00 AM
When everything seems lost, what gives us hope that God will sort things out and set things right? Pastor Glenn Packiam teaches from Paul's speech to Felix in Acts 24, highlighting Paul's emphatic claim that he worships the same God and has the same hope as the Jews. In other words, Paul saw Jesus not as a "Plan B" but as the culmination of the story of Israel and the fulfillment of God's covenant with them. Moreover, the resurrection, the long promised hope that God the Creator would set everything right at last, was now a certain hope because it had already happened to Jesus. This is what gives us hope today.
Acts, Pt. 25 "Governments and the Kingdom of God" - Glenn Packiam
Sunday Nov 4, 2012 - 10:00 AM
How should we, as followers of Jesus, think about government? Some may be turned off by an overly politicized faith and dismiss political engagement as irrelevant; others may insist that government is a key to the Kingdom advancing. Pastor Glenn Packiam unpacks Paul's interactions with two rulers in Acts 23--one Jewish and the other Roman-- to show how we must respect authorities while reminding them who the rightful Ruler of this world is. As we discover parallels between the political climate of the 1st century and our own day, we are challenged to see Jesus as God's Kingdom-bringer, the saving King and true hope of the world.
Acts, Pt. 24: "The Sovereign Grace of God" - Glenn Packiam
Sunday Oct 28, 2012 - 10:00 AM
Is it possible for God to use you right where you are to speak of His grace? What if every part of your story- your strengths and your brokenness- can be woven together for 'such a time as this'? As we explore Acts 22, Pastor Glenn Packiam challenges us to see Christ as the one who calls us, prepares us and sends us out into the world each day. Even in the midst of the ordinary or the difficult moments, Christ is with us, filling us with His Spirit, sending us as witnesses to His grace. But as He does, don't be offended at God's surprising generosity to those we did not expect to be the recipients of His grace.
Acts, Pt. 23: "A Christ-Shaped Life" - Glenn Packiam
Sunday Oct 21, 2012 - 10:00 AM
We have been called to participate in the "Jesus Life" by imitating- re-tracing- the life of Christ with our own life. This "Christ shape" can be seen as an "even when" kind of obedience: an obedience "even when" God warns of opposition, loved ones try to discourage us, and people misjudge us. Pastor Glenn Packiam shows how Paul embraced obedience to the Lord's will for his life even when it meant suffering because it also meant the chance to share in the "fellowship of Christ's sufferings."
Is there a difference between being "drained" and being "spent"? Is the difference related to people "taking" from us versus when we "lay our lives down" for others? In Paul's farewell speech to the Ephesian elders- leaders of the church where Paul spent the longest amount of time- he urges them to follow his example in caring for God's people. Pastor Glenn Packiam calls us to drink deeply of the "incredibly extravagant generosity of God" so that we can spend ourselves for the sake of others. Only when we see how Christ spent His life for us and for others will be able to spend ourselves. Then, instead of being drained, we will find that we have lived lives "well spent."
Many of us know that communion is important, but we're not always sure why. In fact, if we're honest, we tend to be so afraid of being superstitious (like the Medieval Church?) about it, that we tend to downplay it and emphasize "purely spiritual" ways of encountering God. Using Scripture, Church history, and compelling examples of our own need for physical "focal practices", Dr. Steven Todd explains how we can reclaim the power and the mystery of coming to the Lord's Table.
Acts, Pt. 21: "When the King Comes..." - Glenn Packiam
Sunday Sep 30, 2012 - 10:00 AM
What does it mean to announce Jesus as the King? What difference does it make to make the focus of our Gospel-proclamation and demonstration the person of Christ instead of the "plan of salvation"? As Pastor Glenn Packiam teaches from Acts 19, he explores three things that result from the Kingdom arriving in Ephesus through Paul's ministry there. We see the Church being formed there as a sign of the arriving Kingdom, we see captives being set free, and we find that all other loyalties are challenged. May God bring the full force of His Kingship to bear on our lives as we surrender to Jesus the King.
Acts, Pt. 20 "The End of the Hero Myth" - Glenn Packiam
Sunday Sep 23, 2012 - 10:00 AM
In a culture that idealizes the "self-made individual", many of us feel stuck when we run out of strength. Rather then telling us to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps or quit altogether, Pastor Glenn explains from Acts 18 how the Gospel challenges us to allow God to bring us strength through friendships, through His presence, and through a large and diverse community of faith. With Christ forming our identity, His word dwelling in us richly, and His Spirit filling us continually, we learn a Godly sense of dependency and embrace the end of the "hero myth."
Acts, Pt. 19 "The Gospel in the City" - Glenn Packiam
Sunday Sep 16, 2012 - 10:00 AM
We know we need to engage our culture with the Gospel, but what is the core of the Gospel announcement? Moreover, how do the claims of the Gospel confront the specific "idols" and "religions" of our day? Pastor Glenn Packiam explores how Paul, in Acts 17, moves outward for the core Gospel announcement-- that Jesus is the Messiah!-- to engage and challenge both the moralists and the pleasure-seekers of his day. In the end, this talk is not simply about how we will talk about the Gospel, but about what we will do with the Good News that we hear.
Acts Pt. 18, "Who Is the Gospel For?" - Glenn Packiam
Sunday Sep 9, 2012 - 10:00 AM
Cities are often places where people from many different so-called strata of society collide. The question that Luke seems to address in Acts 16 and onward is whether or not the Gospel has anything to say to these different people. Often, we wonder the same thing: Is the message of Jesus just for the simple-minded country folk, or does it speak to all of humanity? As Pastor Glenn Packiam unpacks Acts 16, he shows how the Gospel is indeed for the powerful, the powerless, and the hopeless...and why it remains good news today.
Want to know what new life DOWNTOWN is all about? Pastor Glenn Packiam explains that bonding around activity may connect us quickly but loosely, but bonding around a shared identity is a slower yet more binding work. He shares three words from the Eucharist-- "blessed," "broken," "given"-- that form our identity as the people of God. Hear the power of the Gospel, learn what it means to live in Christian Community, and find out how we as a congregation will engage in Mission together in our city. (The final section on mission includes a brief interview with New Life Local Ministries Pastor, Bobby Mikulas.)
Acts, Pt. 17, "A Gospel-Shaped Community" - Glenn Packiam
Sunday Aug 26, 2012 - 10:00 AM
In Acts 15, the early church faced the biggest challenge of its young existence: What were they going to require of the Gentiles in order for them to be part of the family of God? The question rings true even today: What does it take for others to come in, to join the people of God? Pastor Glenn Packiam explores three aspects of what it means to be a "Gospel-Shaped Community", and why it truly is good news for the world.
Acts, Pt. 16: Finding Meaning in Our Struggle - Glenn Packiam
Sunday Aug 19, 2012 - 11:00 AM
What gives meaning to our struggle--our toil and hardship-- in life? While some insist that there is no "framing story" that makes sense of our life, we often find ourselves inadvertently living as if "success" or "self-fulfillment" were our meaning-giving narrative. As Pastor Glenn explores Acts 14, we see Paul and Barnabas go from being treated like gods to being stoned like criminals. Success is fleeting, and self-fulfillment is too flimsy to help us in moments like that. How does Paul, beaten and bruised and bloodied, find the strength to get up, walk to a nearby town, and keep preaching the good news? Discover the only Story large enough to give meaning to our stories, and how we are reminded of that Story by the faithful community around us.
Acts, Pt. 15 "What Jesus' Resurrection Means for the World" - Glenn Packiam
Sunday Aug 12, 2012 - 11:00 AM
Acts 13 is kind of like "Episode 1" of "Season 2" in the Book of Acts. Paul takes over the lead role as Peter ducks out of the limelight. But Paul's gospel preaching is true to the core of what Peter- and others- had been preaching, with the same key phrase repeating throughout his first sermon: 'But God raised Jesus from the dead.' To many of us, Jesus' resurrection seems like icing on the cake; but to the first apostles, it was the very heart of the Gospel. Pastor Glenn Packiam preaches this sermon in three movements with worship interludes (songs not on podcast), helping us see the cosmic, social, and personal ramifications of Jesus' resurrection.
Acts, Pt. 14: A Praying People and an Unstoppable Kingdom - Glenn Packiam
Sunday Aug 5, 2012 - 11:00 AM
Some of us are uneasy at the thought of an Enemy of God, actively opposing God's work in the world. Others of us are all to quick to name the Enemy as a person they know! The truth is, there is Evil in God's good world, seen in both systemic and individual ways. But, as Pastor Glenn Packiam reveals from Acts 12, we do not oppose this Enemy with his ways. The people of God do not follow the Way of King Herod- the way of violence and power. Instead, we participate in Jesus' never-ending, unstoppable Kingdom through prayer. Herod's kingdom decomposes, while the word of Christ and of His rule flourishes forever.
Acts, Pt. 13: Turning Toward Christ - Glenn Packiam
Sunday Jul 29, 2012 - 11:00 AM
Chances are, the word 'repentance' has negative connotations for you. It evokes memories of angry preachers and the feeling of shame. Yet Acts 11 calls repentance something that leads to Life. Pastor Glenn Packiam unpacks what it means to "turn away from" sin and "turn toward Christ", and why we do so. We find that as our faces behold the grace of God in the face of Christ, we can then turn toward the world, shining with this same grace.
Have you ever felt like you were on the outside looking in? Or perhaps there are people that you've become convinced are not part of your "tribe"? Pastor Glenn Packiam unpacks Acts 10 as the story of how the Spirit of God carries the Gospel beyond the social and cultural barriers we often construct between "us" and "them." Jesus, the One who stands at the center of the Bible's salvation narrative, makes outsiders insiders. He is the Lord of a great feast. In Him, all are welcome and no one is unclean.
Acts Pt. 11: 'When God Interrupts Your Life' - Glenn Packiam
Sunday Jul 8, 2012 - 11:00 AM
In our busy, fast-paced world, we are well acquainted with interruptions. Most of these interruptions, though, are distractions and not interventions. As Pastor Glenn Packiam unpacks the well-known story of Saul's conversion in Acts 9, we discover that when God interrupts us, it is to commission us for a new way of living, a way that ends up being our salvation-- and sometimes, it leads to someone else's salvation as well.
Acts, Pt. 10: "A Scattered People" - Glenn Packiam
Sunday Jul 1, 2012 - 11:00 AM
After a week of devastating fires that ravaged hundreds of homes and forced thousands to evacuate, this week's text seemed providential. Acts 8 is about the Church being scattered, preaching the Good News along the way, and bringing joy to the city they find themselves in as a result. Pastor Glenn Packiam explores how we are a scattered people- by crisis or by choice- and how we can learn to see it as the Spirit sending us out into the world to seek the "Shalom" of our city and preach the Good News along the way.
In Acts 7, Stephen gives a stunning re-telling of Israel's story, revealing how they have repeatedly rejected God. As Pastor Glenn unpacks Stephen's sermon, we see that though we, too, have bee notoriously unfaithful, God is gloriously faithful. In Jesus, God culminates the single story of salvation He began in Abraham. Discover the beauty and mystery of our salvation story as we remember that God never scraps His projects, or forgets His promises, or abandons His people.
Acts, Pt. 8: Servant Leaders and Faithful Fathers - Glenn Packiam
Sunday Jun 17, 2012 - 09:00 AM
Acts 6 seems to be about the ordinary matters of administration. But in this story we find a remarkable picture of how servant leaders arise and are established. We also see how the apostles became "fathers" in the Church instead of business managers because they devoted themselves to prayer and the Word of God. With a little "Biblical imagination", Pastor Glenn Packiam helps us see a parallel message here for fathers on Fathers' Day, and calls us to see Jesus as our Servant Leader who brings us to the Table where we meet our Faithful Father God.
Most of us have come to understand that worship is much more than what happens on a Sunday morning. But in the midst of making "everything worship", we've lost a sense of why corporate worship matters. Pastor Glenn Packiam unpacks the three "stanzas" of Psalm 95 as we explore why- and how- we gather together for worship each week.
Acts 5 shows the young church facing trouble from within and opposition from without. Yet in the midst of it, God gives them signs of His continuing work. As we enter the story, Pastor Glenn challenges us to think how we may be tempted to, like Ananias and Sapphire, undermine the honesty and trust within the community of God's people, or, like, the Saduccees, cling to control and miss God's work. In the end, the message for us is clear: when we move in the opposite direction of the world, we will suffer shame for the name of Jesus; but we can trust that God is still at work and that we are in good company.
Pastor Glenn Packiam explores the fledgling Church's first brush with opposition. Examining Acts 4, we see just how subversive the announcement that there is no other name but the name of Jesus is to the power-brokers of this world.
What does it mean to speak in the name of Jesus? As we explore the story of Peter and John brining dignity and wholeness to man who had been an outcast since birth, we discover that prayer gives us eyes to see the world, to truly see the ones that pain keeps in a prison. Then, taking a closer look at how we pray for healing, Pastor Glenn Packiam invites us to embrace the tension of living in a Kingdom that is both now and not yet, helping us understand the difference between magic and miracles along the way.
The followers of Jesus have received the Holy Spirit- God's empowering presence- and have heard Peter proclaim Jesus as both the "Sovereign One" (LORD) and "Saving One" (Messiah). Now we want to know if there is more to being the Church than presence and proclamation. In this sermon, Pastor Glenn Packiam examines four core strands of the Church's DNA: the Apostles' Doctrine, Fellowship, the Breaking of Bread, and Prayer. Along the way, we discover the importance of becoming disillusioned with our own ideals of community and learn to become grateful recipients and participants in the community Christ has formed at His Table.
Part of being a follower of Jesus means proclaiming Him to the world. But what exactly are we to say about Him? We often hear people talk about Jesus as their "personal Lord and Savior," but the sermons in Acts don't talk about Jesus that way. They say something much larger- and much more confrontational- than that. In Part 3 of this series on the Book of Acts, Pastor Glenn Packiam takes a closer look at Peter's sermon to examine how the first followers of Jesus "preached the Gospel" and what that might mean for us today.
Continuing our series through the Book of Acts, Pastor Glenn Packiam explores the pouring out of the Holy Spirit on the first followers of Jesus. Luke describes the Holy Spirit in a disruptive and untamable way, difficult to dismiss and resistant to our desire for formulas. And yet, what happened at Pentecost was not a private ?ecstatic experience? but rather God?s empowering presence giving the early Church the power to proclaim Christ, even amidst persecution and opposition.
The Book of Acts is exactly what we need to explore as we wrestle with the questions of "Why Church"? and "What is Church?" After all, this collective of stories are formed in a narrative with the likely intent of helping the early congregations remember their story. Pastor Glenn Packiam begins our series in the Book of Acts by exploring what it means to wait. Waiting is what forms us as the people of God and fills us with the power of God, making us ready each day to live as an outpost of the Kingdom of God here on earth.
What does it mean to live like Jesus has risen? Does it mean our evacuation plan has been secured and so we just wait it out? Or does it mean that we try to take the world by force? Or is there a different way altogether to see Jesus? resurrection? A careful look at the way the first followers of Jesus saw Jesus? resurrection shows that they saw it as a sign that the rightful King has taken His place and a new community and a new way of living has begun in the world. Unpacking Ephesians 4-5, Pastor Glenn Packiam shows how we can live like Jesus has risen? with an extraordinary, self-giving love? because we are dearly loved children of God who are being filled with Spirit of God.
On Easter Sunday, Pastor Glenn Packiam gives the inaugural message at new life DOWNTOWN, calling Jesus' resurrection the "most explosive thing there is." We explore the lives of three people in John's gospel-- Mary the Outsider, Thomas the Wounded, and Peter the Failure-- as they experience what the risen Christ does to the "dead ends" in their own stories.
Legends and Misfits: Extravagant Worship and Devious Distractions - Glenn Packiam
Sunday Mar 11, 2012 - 05:00 PM
Pastor Glenn Packiam continues the ?Legends & Misfits? series with a look at the young King David in 2 Samuel 6 compared to an older King David in 2 Samuel 11. What is it that changes us from being free and open-handed to being controlling and closed-handed? The truth is, the tighter we grasp, the less we have and the smaller our world becomes. Discover how grateful worship can open us up once again to our gracious and generous God.
Legends and Misfits: David the Warrior - Glenn Packiam
Sunday Feb 26, 2012 - 05:00 PM
"As part of the 'Legends & Misfits' series, we will be taking the next few weeks to look at aspects of the life of David. In this talk, Pastor Glenn Packiam explores David as the warrior who learns how God works with where he is and who he is. But the most pivotal part of David's victory is the understanding that God wins in a different way, a truth that becomes clear in the life of Jesus, the Messiah, the Son of David, in whom we have victory over the enemy."
Legends and Misfits: Ruth, Naomi & Boaz - Glenn Packiam
Sunday Feb 19, 2012 - 05:00 PM
Pastor Glenn continues the Legends and Misfits series with an exploration of the book of Ruth. Ruth is a story about loyalty. It's ultimately about how God remains loyal to us even when we feel like He has turned His back on us. But it is also about how, through our loyalty to others, we can let people know that God has not walked out on them.
Legends and Misfits: Joshua and Caleb - Glenn Packiam
Sunday Feb 12, 2012 - 05:00 PM
Pastor Glenn Packiam continues the "Legends and Misfits" series with an exploration of the key moments in Joshua's and Caleb's stories. As it turns out, we find ourselves in a similar position to Joshua and Caleb. We have been called to redeem and reclaim the land, colonizing earth with the culture of heaven. But we find the world to be "enemy-occupied" territory. How do we follow Christ, bringing his reign to every area and sphere of our lives? Joshua and Caleb have something to tell us about that.
Legends and Misfits, Pt. 2: Joseph - Glenn Packiam
Sunday Jan 22, 2012 - 05:00 PM
Is it possible to serve God in the midst of a wicked or "worldly" environment? The story of Joseph says, "Yes." As Pastor Glenn teaches through the Joseph story, he explores questions that resonate with us about how we handle the promises God gives, the temptations we have, the adversity that befalls us, and the influence that we may gain.
Legends and Misfits, Pt. 1: Abraham - Glenn Packiam
Sunday Jan 15, 2012 - 05:00 PM
This is where our "family story" begins, with Abraham. If Genesis 1-2 is the story of God forming the world, and Genesis 3-11 is the story of the world coming apart, then Genesis 12 is the beginning of God working within his world to rescue and redeem it. Abraham's story culminates in Jesus and opens the way for us to join it now.
Pastor Glenn concludes our series in Luke with a talk from Luke 24 and the ?present tense? sense of Advent. Because Jesus came, we can know with confidence that God comes to us each day. Sometimes God?s presence with us is stunning? as it was with the angels at the empty tomb; sometimes it is hidden? like Jesus with the disciples on the road to Emmaus. Yet at all times, we can learn to be attentive to Christ?s presence with us by the Spirit.
An Angel, a Criminal and the God of Grace - Glenn Packiam
Sunday Dec 11, 2011 - 05:00 PM
Pastor Glenn continues the Luke series with a teaching from Luke 23 on the story of the criminal on the cross. In Luke's Gospel, an ANGEL is the first to ANNOUNCE Jesus as a King whose Kingdom has no end but a CRIMINAL is the first to CONFESS Jesus as a King whose Kingdom has no end. Because Jesus has gone to the lowest of the low, we are never too low and we are never too late to call on Jesus.
Pastor Glenn continues the Luke series with a talk on the "generous widow." What does it mean to give sacrificially? Because the Kingdom requires a whole-hearted response, what we do with our money has less to do with what we've got than with Who's got us.
Pastor Glenn unpacks the parable of the vineyard, revealing Jesus as the culmination of Israel's story. If Jesus is the Lord of the Vineyard and the beginning of the new, true Temple, the only question that remains is if we will humble ourselves before Him.
Pastor Glenn continues the Luke series with a talk from Luke 19 on Jesus coming into Jerusalem. What does it mean to weep over a city, and pray for it's "comprehensive flourishing"? What does it mean to welcome Jesus the King into our own broken lives and allow Him to make us whole again?
Pastor Glenn teaches from Luke 18 where Jesus blesses babies and little children, reminding us that to receive the Kingdom of God, we must lose our pretentions, lower ourselves, and confess our complete dependence on Christ.
Pastor Glenn teaches from Luke 17 about how living in the community means learning to confront and learning to forgive. Ultimately, our ability to do so comes from the grace that we have been freely given: the forgiveness in Christ that makes us whole. The more grateful we are for the forgiveness we have received, the more easily we forgive others.
1 Peter is a study in counter-cultural living, and it doesn't get much more counter-cultural than to live a life of submission. What did it mean for the first Christians to submit and what message did they demonstrate to us by their lives of submission?
Ephesians, Part 7 - Christ-Centered Relationships - Glenn Packiam
Sunday Aug 1, 2010 - 05:30 PM
Pastor Glenn Packiam continues the series in Ephesians Chapter 5. He talks about various elements of our relationships, from our expectations, to asking simple requests, to having Christ as the center of our relationships.
Supernatural, Week 13 - Baptism in the Holy Spirit - PM - Glenn Packiam
Sunday Mar 28, 2010 - 05:30 PM
Pastor Glenn talks about the baptism in the Holy Spirit. Is there a baptism in the Holy Spirit, Is receiving the Holy Spirit different than being baptized in the Holy Spirit and what is the baptism of the Holy Spirit for?